Seven candidates will contest the Rutherglen South by-election next month.
And the shortlist is thought to be unprecedented in South Lanarkshire as not one of the candidates lives in the ward.
However, voters will just be hoping to select the best person to represent them.
As well as the Rutherglen Central and North ward, there are candidates from Cambuslang, Hamilton and even Blackwood.
An insider said: “It’s very unusual. People might think the important thing is that someone comes from Rutherglen because they will at least know the town, but it’s strange to see people from further afield.
“I guess voters will just be looking for the right candidate rather than looking at where someone lives.”
The four main parties had already confirmed they candidates.
Margaret Ferrier will be defending the seat for the SNP but she faces a tough fight under the Single Transferable Voting system to fend off the challenge from Labour and the Lib Dems.
Gerard Killen will be hoping it’s a case of second time lucky in the ward after missing out last year for Labour while David Baillie (Lib Dem) is looking at a quick return to council after losing his Cambuslang West seat in May.
The Conservatives were the first party to select their candidate with Aric Gilinsky standing.
The Green Party will be represented by Susan Martin who has stood in various elections while UKIP’s Donald MacKay and independent Craig Smith will also contest the seat.
Voting will take place on Thursday, February 14.
Applications to register to vote must be in by 12am on Wednesday, January 30. Applications for a proxy vote must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday, February 5. The election is being held after the sad death of Councillor Anne Higgins in November.